When I Think of You by Myal Ariel

Myal Ariel’s debut novel “When I Think of You” takes readers on an exhilarating rollercoaster of emotions that grips you from the very first page.

In the whirlwind of film school, Kaliyah and Danny fall deeply in love, only to be torn apart by heartbreak. Seven years later, they reunite under unexpected circumstances. Danny, now a prominent film director, and Kaliyah, resigned to a mundane life, find themselves collaborating on a project that reignites old sparks.

As their professional relationship blossoms, so do the unresolved feelings between them, creating a tension-filled atmosphere reminiscent of a real-life rom-com. Amidst the chaos, Kaliyah embarks on a journey of self-discovery, rediscovering her passions and independence, all while navigating the complexities of love.

The authenticity of Danny and Kaliyah’s journey is striking, drawing readers in with its rawness and relatability. Myal Ariel crafts characters that feel incredibly real, making it easy to become invested in their story. From Hollywood glamour to heartfelt struggles, the novel presents a compelling blend of romance and self-exploration.

Ultimately, “When I Think of You” is a stellar debut, offering readers a captivating second-chance romance intertwined with themes of personal growth. If you’re craving a whirlwind of emotions coupled with moments of self-discovery, this book is an absolute must-read.

Book Stats
Rating 3.5/5
Tropes: Second Chance, Hollywood Norm, Slow Burn, Close Proximity, Co-Workers
Pop: 55%
CW: death of a parent (past), grief, chronically ill parent (MS, past), racism, parental abandonment (past, briefly mentionted), cheating (emotional)